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14 years and going strong

Anthony Chadley - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

August is always a time to reflect for me, as it’s the anniversary of when aask us started trading.

We have now been in business for 14 years, in what is still a relatively “new” industry, and we have gone from a 2-man band to a 2-factory orchestra!

 

14 years of trading puts us as the second oldest manufacturer (and hat’s off to SAS for being the oldest and biggest!), and it’s a tough industry to be in. Over my 30+ years in the manufacturing industry I have seen some big names fall by the wayside; Martingale, HT Systems, Grosvenor Profiles, Quality in Components….

 

So, what will ensure another 14 years (and more!!) of successful business? The answer is pretty simple, we stick to our philosophy that we set at day 1

 

·         Always give the customer what they want,

·         Be truthful

·         With honesty comes responsibility.

 

Thank you to each and every customer who has ensured our success…..

If you are still missing out, then email our sales team; sales@aask.us and you will understand why everyone else asks us!

 

Sheet Metal Raft

Anthony Chadley - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

 

Great installation by Sound Interiors of the sample raft we manufactured. Good collaboration on the design to ensure the client gets what they need, but is simple to install. Many more to go after approval at Bowmer & Kirkland site in Colwyn Bay. If you need something out of the ordinary then contact our sales team; sales@aask.us

#Sheetmetal #Design #Manufacturing

New Product Guide

Anthony Chadley - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Product Guide now available

 

View here;

https://view.publitas.com/aask-us-ltd/2018-mini-brochure/

 

Or contact our sales office for your copy;

Tel: 01869 322321

email: sales@aask.us

 

Welcome Ted Baker

Anthony Chadley - Monday, February 05, 2018

We are delighted to welcome Ted Baker to the team at aask us. Ted has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both manufacturing and distribution and will be supporting the rest of the team in ensuring aask us remain the preferred supplier of aluminium profiles and specialist pressed metal fabrications.

 

 

If you need to contact Ted, you can email him on; tedbaker@aask.us

 

 

Another successful External project

Anthony Chadley - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

Aluminium Panels supplied to Task UK for accommodation block in Cambridge. We are very pleased with the way some of the more awkward details turned out, for example the panel with the cut-out. If you have any sheet metal requirements then "aask us" at; sales@aask.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIS 2018 Awards

Anthony Chadley - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irG37WxjsO0&list=UUs02jAQkpWb0EFay_Lw-OVg&sns=em

 

New nominations are open for the FIS President's Awards 2018 - just a quick reminder of the current "Outstanding employee of the year"

 

FIS "Employee of the Year"

Anthony Chadley - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We are delighted that Simon Cammidge has won the prestigious "employee of the year" at the FIS Presidents Awards ceremony. Simon impressed the judges who considered the skills and dedication of employees from across the industry, and awarded the ultimate prize to Simon in recognition of his work in establishing a Sheet Metal production facility at aask us Ltd;

 

Simon joined the company in 2013 after being the general production manager at one of their competitors who unfortunately went into administration. Simon joined the production team where he provided some helpful guidance into improving work capabilities and efficiencies. Simon approached Managing Director, Anthony Chadley, in early 2015 with a concept to increase their production range by opening a sheet metal division. He had been working at home on various ideas, costing solutions on spread sheets, discussing possibilities with old contacts and generally seeing if there was a viable opportunity. By the time Simon approached Anthony he had worked out the costs, the products and the market, and from there the decision to invest in Simon and the new division was easy. aask us "Sheet Metal" went from a standing start to a new factory with full production capabilities within 5 months. The doors opened in late 2015 and over the first 12 months have manufactured a vast array of products from blind boxes, ceiling panels, wall cladding panels, Juliette balconies.. in fact, the list is endless. Simon has driven this project forward, he has made it work, with dedication, hard work and good old sheer bloody-mindedness!

 

Anthony reflects on some of the skills that encouraged him to nominate Simon;

 

 

Simon’s strengths are in these key areas;

 

 

Reliability - Simon is first in / last home. He takes business calls at home and at weekends. He has been at meetings at 8am on site 200 miles from home. If he says he will get something made by a date, it will be done.

 

 

Initiative - Simon is always looking for ways to improve what we do, how we do it, and who we do it for. Our range of products is matched by our range of customers.
 

 

Professionalism - Simon always represents my company as I would myself. I rely totally on him for all matters relating to this division.  

 

A final thought on why I think Simon won; I think the manufacturers who support the Interiors are not acknowledged enough. The aesthetically pleasing projects that installers demonstrate their skills rely upon a team behind the scenes who manufacture quality products. Simon recognised this and has ensured aask us Ltd can be the manufacturer of choice for specialist installers. He has literally single-handed taken a concept through to success in a matter of months.

 

For more details on the FIS Presidents Awards visit their website; https://www.thefis.org/winners-announced-presidents-lunch/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apprentice Awards

Anthony Chadley - Friday, July 08, 2016

 

 

 

All of us at aask us are really proud and delighted to announce that our Apprentice Elliott Gingell was awarded "Most Improved Apprentice".

 

 

Elliot joined our newly formed Sheet Metal division in April of this year, and has been involved in manufacturing diverse products; from Blind Boxes, to Juliette Balconies.

Managing Director Anthony Chadley said of Elliott "I am really pleased for Elliott, he has shown a great attitude to learning and has become an integral part of our Sheet Metal division. He is the future of our business, and we should encourage young apprentices by rewarding them and making them feel they are part of the team".

 

More can be read on the event at the Banbury & Bicester College website

http://www.banbury-bicester.ac.uk/news/awards-celebrate-talented-young-engineers

 

 

Our new Apprentice Elliott

Anthony Chadley - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 

aask us Ltd are delighted to welcome Elliott to the company on a three year Engineering Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Elliott joined the company on 1st March, already one year into an Apprenticeship course, and has quickly settled into our Sheet Metal division based in Brackley. Elliott is excited to be part of our new enterprise, and has already become a key member of the team. As part of his training Elliott visited London to see some of our products in-situ, and was very impressed with the quality of the installation. Elliott said "It was really useful to see where the product goes, and just to get an idea of how every component is part of a big jigsaw. It was also good to hear that aask us was such an important part of making sure the sites kept on programme". We would like to thank SIG Southwark, Integra Contracts at One Marbledon Place and Measom Dryline at Seagrove Road site.

 

Apprentice in Sheet Metal Engineering

Anthony Chadley - Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 

We have an exciting opportunity in our new Sheet Metal production facility. If you are looking for a career in Engineering, with training in all aspects of Sheet Metal production; Guillotine, CNC Brake Press, CNC Turret Punch, Welding etc., with time off for College training and support, then please send your details in the first instance to; anthony@aask.us

 

Further information; This position is for a full time post, based in our Brackley factory.

aask us Ltd is the leading manufacturer of aluminium trims and profiles for the Interior fit-out of buildings, and due to increased demand have expanded into the supply of bespoke metal components. The Head Office and main production facility is based in a 7500 sq.ft factory in Bicester. The new 6000 sq.ft factory opened in August 2015 and contains all the latest machinery to ensure all production is in-house. 

 

 


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